One day terracotta warriors tour
Discover the fascinating history and memorable stories behind the terracotta figures that were concealed beneath the ground for over 2,000 years. Climb to the top of Xi’an Ancient City Wall — take a stroll or cycle along it, to get a feel of the archaic vibe in this ancient city. Conduct yourself like a Xi’an local, so that you can taste the local food and experience the beautiful culture in such a way that a typical tourist would not. In this terracotta warriors tour, there is no fake opulence or arrogance, rather you’ll get real life experiences. You won’t get uninteresting, textbook-style history lessons but memorable stories that are realistic. Also, you won’t have to waste any time standing in long queues for tourist shopping, because there is a well-arranged guidebook to make things easier. There is no fake boasting or unrealistic promises but real passion and a comprehensive plan that we call our “services”.
- Avoid the long queue at the hallway of Terracotta Warriors Museum.
- Get a close view of the terracotta warriors through the help of a telescope
- Use a provided FM headset to shut out external noise disturbances.
- Walk, cycle, or board an eco-car on the City Wall, to get a scenic view of the city.
- Enjoy local dishes everyday at a local featured restaurant.
What The Trip Consists Of
- Guide:You’ll be provided a guide that’s much more than just a typical licensed tour guide. Our guides are friendly, helpful and can speak fluent English.
- Driver: You’ll be driven by a reputable licensed local driver who has a driving experience of at least 5 years.
- Vehicle: An Air-conditioned business car (maximum of 7 seats) with GPS facilities, large windows, and plenty space
- Customer service:We will provide English-speaking backup support — We are always excited to hear you speak.
- Expert product team analysis on all parts of the trip to ensure a stress-free travel experience.
- 7:30am – 8am: Picking You Up From Your Hotel.
At the specified time, your tour guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby. They will be holding a placard with logo and your name on it, for easy identification.
What You Need To Know:
The area for picking-up and dropping-off in the hotel is located within the third ring road of Xi’an. Going further than that might attract extra charges, of which your travel advisor will notify you.
Most people hate to waste their time during tours. You don’t want to queue for long hours just to get tickets to see the Terracotta Army, or get stuck in very noisy, contested, and uncomfortable situations. That’s why your tour starts very early in the morning, so that you will get to the Terracotta Army before the crowds start to pour in.
- 8am – 9am: A Ride To The Terracotta Warrior Museum
A distance of about 45 kilometres separates downtown Xi’an from the Terracotta Warrior Museum. It’s usually a 50 minutes drive.
As you embark on the Terracotta Army tour, you will receive valuable background information about the city from your well-informed, professional guide. In order to make the tour perfect, we advise that you equip yourself with little information about the Terracotta Warriors beforehand, so you don’t just come to see lots of stone statues that look identical.
- 9am – 12pm: A Trip To The Terracotta Warriors And The Mausoleum Of Qin Shi Huang
Your Terracotta Warriors tour starts here. Make sure you stay close to your guide, so you can learn about the incredible terracotta warriors that were concealed beneath the earth for more than 2,000 years, and listen to captivating stories about China’s first emperor — Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259–210 BC).
The museum has three pits. We advise that you explore the pits in this sequence: Pit 1 – Pit 2 – Pit 3 – Bronze Chariot Pit – the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. Our recommended sequence will enable you follow historical clues that lead from general to detailed information.
Let’s give you a sneak peak of what the different pits entail.
- Pit 1:This pit is the biggest of all and it contains approximately 6,000 figures, as well as a large volume of bronze weaponry. The massive number of figures lined up vertically will scare you, and it will feel like you time travelled to the ancient Qin Dynasty, to see an army of soldiers ready to go out and fight.
- Pit 2:This pit is not as big as the first one. It contains approximately 1,300 figures (terracotta warriors and horses inclusive). Nonetheless, it is highly rated amongst the three pits because of its great diversity.
- Pit 3:This is the smallest pit and it contains only 72 terracotta warriors and horses. It is renowned as the headquarters of the army, where warriors in Pit 1 and Pit 2 get their commands from.
- The Bronze Chariot Pit: This pit displaystwo painted bronze chariots in a very big way. As burial objects, the bronze chariots acts as Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s vehicles. Famously known as “the King of Bronze Ware”, the bronze chariots are the first, biggest, and best-preserved bronze relics in the world.
If you closely observe the details of each clay figure, you’ll discover that each of them has a unique face. Make sure you take note of their unique hairstyles, headwear, and gestures. All these things are symbolic to their military ranks.
After the terracotta army tour, you will embark on an 8-minute drive from the museum to a vantage point where you can clearly see the whole area of the Maosoleunm of Qin Shi Huang. Since the tomb of Qin Shi Huang is not fascinating enough, you will view the site from a distance instead of taking a close look. The huge size of the mausoleum will surprise you. The excavated terracotta army area only covers 5% of the whole mausoleum, so 95% of the mausoleum is still buried and its contents remain unknown. Your tour guide will quickly narrate the story on why the Qin Shi Huang choose this site as a perfect place to actualize his dream of ruling in the afterlife. You will also get valuable information about the structure and distribution of the underground palace. As your guide tells you the story, you will learn about the magnificent civilization of the great Qin Dynasty, and you will also get answers to the following mysteries:
- Why are female warriors not included?
- Why are there no helmets on the heads of some soldiers?
- Why are there no heads on some of the figures?
- Why has only 5% of the mausoleum undergone excavation, while 95% still remain buried?
- Is there any difference between the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and the pyramids of the pharaohs in Egypt?
- What inspired the emperors and pharaohs to build their own tombs?
What We Have Provided
FM Headset: This place is usually crowded and noisy during the high season. In order to ensure that you clearly hear your guide, we have provided an FM headset so that you will hear what your guide is saying and not miss any interesting story. To protect the Terracotta Army, tourists are allowed to go only 20meters close to the pits.
Telescope: The 8,000 statues of terracotta soldiers are quite unique and you won’t find any two that look alike. Some of them look like they are smiling, with slightly raised cheeks, while some others look unhappy, with frowning eyebrows. Like we mentioned earlier, tourists are allowed to go only 20 meters close to the Terracotta Army, so how do you catch a glimpse of the details? Well, as our customer, you will be provided with a telescope, so you don’t get to miss even the smallest of details.
- 12pm – 1:30pm: Eat Lunch At A Local Restaurant
We have chosen the best local restaurant near the Terracotta Warriors Museum. There, you can enjoy the most original Xi’an local food. When you walk into that restaurant, you’ll get the opportunity to savour popular local food like Rou Jia Mo (肉夹馍, also known as Chinese hamburger), Yang Rou Pao Mo (羊肉泡馍, pita bread drenched in lamb soup; your guide will teach you how to cut the bread into smaller pieces), noodles, and dumplings. Do well to tell us about your food preferences – such as vegetarian diet, gluten-free food, Muslim food etc. This information will help us make provisions for you, in advance.
- 1:30pm – 2:30pm: A Ride Back To Xi’an Ancient City Wall (East Gate)
When lunch is over, your driver will take you back to Xi’an and you’ll head to the next destination, Xi’an Ancient City Wall. It will be a 50 minutes drive and you might need to take a nap in order to feel refreshed.
- 2:30pm – 5pm: Strolling, Biking, Or Boarding An Eco-Car To Go See The Xi’an Ancient City Wall
Xi’an Ancient City Wall was first erected in the Ming Dynasty (1370–1378 AD) and is the biggest and the best-maintained ancient city wall in China. It has a rectangular shape and is actually 13.74 kilometres long. The downtown part of Xi’an City is situated within this ancient city wall. This city wall has four main gates (the north gate, the east gate, the south gate, and the west gate). You will start exploring from the East Gate (Chang Le Gate).
When visiting the city wall, you have three options to choose from. You can take a walk through part of the city wall (we recommend that you walk from East Gate to South Gate, a distance of almost 3.5 kilometres, and eventually meet your guide and the other tour members at South Gate by 4:30pm or thereabout).
Or you can slowly cycle along the city wall (your guide will assist you in renting a bike and we recommend that you ride from East Gate – North Gate – West Gate – South Gate, a distance of almost 10 kilometres, and eventually meet your guide and the other tour members at South Gate by 4:30pm or thereabout).
We suggest you board the eco-car running on the city wall (your guide will help you buy the tickets). The eco-car runs from East Gate – North Gate – West Gate – South Gate and you will finally meet your guide and the other tour members at South Gate by 4:30pm or thereabout (the Bicycle Service Station). However, the wall is usually hot during the summer, so it’s advisable for you to take the ride in essential parts of the City Wall from East Gate to South Gate only, a distance of almost 3.5 kilometres. While on the city wall, you can stroll freely, empty your mind, and slowly admire the details of the city, the people, and the culture.
- 5pm – 6pm: Take A Trip To Xi’an’s Most Popular Food Street — Muslim Street
After exploring the city wall, you will be taken to Xi’an’s most popular food street, Muslim Street, where you’ll get to see different kinds of featured foods and snacks. You can have some of them if you’d like to indulge.
Take note of these tips while visiting food street:
- Most of the local people at food street are Muslims. Do well to respect their traditions and follow instructions stated in your guide.
- Hold your bag carefully because this street is usually congested and noisy; watch out for pickpockets and petty thieves.
- Stay close to your guide so you don’t get lost in the crowd.
- You can have a taste of any food you fancy, but make sure you get recommendations from your guide, as some of the food and shops have poor sanitary conditions.
- 6pm – 6:30pm: Head Back To Your Hotel Or Remain In Muslim Street And Tour The City By Yourself
Why Are We Different?
- We give you the opportunity to experience a deeper exploration of the culture and history of this ancient city.
- We have provided FM headsets and telescopes for our esteemed customers, so you can easily hear your guide and clearly watch the terracotta warriors while other groups struggle.
- Get a first-hand experience of the real local life and culture of Xi’an people.
- Unlike other tourists, you get the chance to eat popular local food.
- Nothing like shop stops, no long queues, and no time-wasting events.
- Unlike other groups, we don’t take our customers to tourist shops.